The Victorian Taxi Association (VTA) and the Victorian Hire Car Association (VHCA) are happy to announce a formal working cooperation.
The taxi and hire car industries have proudly provided complementary services to Victorian passengers for many decades, and both industries boast extensive experience of participants in the operation of both successful hire car and taxi businesses.
Following the recent reinvigoration of the Victorian Hire Car Association, including the appointment of a new President and Board and the formation of valuable sponsorship deals with Holden and Interlease, the VTA and VHCA look forward to being able to keep the spirit of collaboration alive in the face of emerging threats to both industries.
As illegal service providers threaten the very definition of taxis and hire cars, both organisations eagerly anticipate the opportunity to engage in the Transport Minister Jacinta Allan’s new Ministerial Forum set to meet for the first time on Monday 27 April.
“We look forward to the forum as an opportunity to discuss the very pressing issues facing the hire car and taxi industries with the new Minister and hope the forum will result in the formation of a clear position from the Government on the future of illegal ride sharing services” said VHCA President Tony Sheridan.
The VHCA and VTA maintain that regulation of commercial passenger vehicles is vital not only for the safety of the travelling public, but to guard against the serious degradation of service quality we have seen play out in other deregulated taxi markets.
“It comes down to safety, accessibility and equality – this is what the taxi and hire car industries provide to our customers” explained VTA CEO David Samuel.
“A new app should not legitimise a product that risks consumer safety from a company that proudly breaks local laws throughout Australia. If the law is to be changed it should be done to accommodate the needs of the community, not the flawed business models of large multinational companies.”
The VHCA Board are proud to have General Motors Holden on board as our founding Partner. We ask that members support their product if considering a vehicle upgrade.
It is the policy of the VHCA not to support the illegal operation of Uberx. Our members believe it is inappropriate for the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) to negotiate with a foreign company that is deliberately and consistently breaking the law. As operators who not only meet all our own statuary obligations but importantly, meets the communities expectations of a quality hire car service, our industry has an absolute right to be protected by law from illegal operators.
We should also remember that a Taxi and Hire car service is an essential service to the Victorian community. Uberx is an American multi-national company that is going round the world ignoring the statuary obligations in each of those jurisdictions. Uberx makes no investment in the quality or training of drivers, they encourage drivers to break the law and operate without a hire car licence, they make no investments or contribute to the cost of vehicles, they make no investments in the licences to operate hire cars.
The TSC has caused some confusion when promoting the competition benefit aspect of Uberx which has led the public to confuse the illegal operation of Uberx. We call on the State Government and TSC to protect the community and our industry from illegitimate transport options.
Over the last few years there has been many changes happening in our industry, some good, some bad. What we do know is that after consultation with many colleagues we found there was a need for the hire car industry to have a voice. A group of likeminded colleagues have now reformed the VHCA. The association has been dormant for more than ten years, but now you have a peak body that will work for you. We are pleased to announce we are back in business.